New Windows 10 build silences Cortana, brings passwordless accounts

The latest Insider build of Windows 10, 18309, expands the use of a thing that Microsoft has recently introduced: passwordless Microsoft accounts. It’s now possible to create a Microsoft account that uses a one-time code delivered over SMS as its primary authenticator, rather than a conventional password. In the new Windows 10 build, these passwordless […]

How to delete your Facebook and Instagram accounts — or, at least, lock them down as tightly as possible (FB)

Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images A growing number of people are talking about deleting their Facebook accounts after all the company’s scandals. Here’s how to delete your Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp accounts, thus wiping your data from the Facebook empire entirely.  And if you can’t or don’t want to leave Facebook, Instagram, or WhatsApp wholesale, we’ve pulled […]

Facebook confirms accounts banned ahead of election had Russian ties

Facebook has confirmed that the 115 accounts it blocked yesterday due to “inauthentic behavior” are likely linked to Russia. In a new statement, the company says that a site claiming association with the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) posted a list of fake Instagram accounts it had made ahead of the midterm elections, many of […]

Free Flickr accounts slashed to 1,000 pictures; the rest will be deleted

Enlarge (credit: Randy Adams) Venerable photo sharing site Flickr has announced that from January 8, 2019, free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos or videos. Any content above that limit will be deleted, starting February 5, 2019, beginning with the oldest images first. To go beyond the 1,000 item limit, you’ll have to pay […]

Twitter publishes dump of accounts tied to Russian, Iranian influence campaigns

Enlarge / This image was the profile banner of one of the accounts allegedly run by the Internet Research Agency, the organization that ran social media “influence campaigns” in Russia, Germany, Ukraine, and the US dating back to 2009. (credit: A Russian Troll) Twitter has released a data store of posts from 3,841 accounts that […]

Martin Lewis reveals the best children's bank accounts with top interest rates right now

How do you earn big interest on ickle savings? The world of children’s savings is actually far more competitive those for grown-ups.  Done right, interest rates are far higher – though the amounts allowed are smaller.   So with the long run-up to Christmas soon to start, and a recent change of best-buys, let me run […]

Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert BEST bank accounts – get up to £200 FREE for Christmas

Martin Lewis appeared on Good Morning Britain today to reveal his top three bank accounts. The Money Saving Expert advised Britons to change to these accounts to get good deals before Christmas. His three picks are HSBC, Natwest and First Direct. How much free cash could you get to help you through the Christmas period? […]

Facebook says it hasn’t seen any evidence that the hackers used stolen keys to access users’ Tinder, Spotify, or Instagram accounts (FB)

Drew Angerer/Getty Images Facebook got hacked, it announced last week, and there have been fears attackers could use the stolen data to break into users’ accounts on Tinder, Spotify, Airbnb, and elsewhere. On Tuesday, Facebook said there is no evidence of that sort of thing happening. But it’s still not clear who is behind the […]

The Facebook hack affecting 50 million people also let the attackers access users’ Tinder, Spotify, and Instagram accounts (FB)

Facebook got hacked, it revealed on Friday — and 50 million users’ accounts were compromised. What’s more, if the victims logged into other services — like Tinder, Instagram, or Spotify — with their Facebook accounts, those might be affected to. It’s not clear whether the attackers did this, but the possibility may force companies that […]